Explore places known only to a privileged few -Woodland Caribou and Opasquia Provincial Parks, Bloodvein, Berens, Pigeon, Poplar, Fawn, Sachigo, and Severn Rivers. Goldseekers will take you to a land where the heart soars free, and the soul can rest in the arms of silence.


Located west of Red Lake, Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (ON) and the adjoining Atikaki Park (MB) represent over 2.2 million acres of protected wilderness.

Located West of Red Lake Woodland Caribou Provincial Wilderness Park is the fifth largest wilderness park in Ontario at  1.2 million acres.  Unlike most other “wilderness” parks the original Woodland Caribou Park has never been logged and has no roads within its boundaries.  West of the park is Manitoba’s first wilderness park,  Atikaki which is Ojibwa for “Country of the Caribou.” Sharing part of its border with Atikaki insulates Woodland Caribou Provincial Park further from outside influences.  These two parks combined represent over 2.2 million acres of protected wilderness and nearly 2000 miles of canoe routes.  Woodland Caribou is an outstanding representation of the Canadian Shield with unique examples of flora and fauna due to the influence of the nearby prairie ecosystem. Glaciers released the landscape of the park from their icy influence 9000 years ago, exposing the 3 billion year old  Precambrian shield, which is known to be among the oldest rock  on earth. As the glaciers were receding Glacial Lake Agazis flooded the area intermittently until it drained for the final time 7800 years ago. The result of this is a unique wilderness landscape of boreal forest characterized by a series of small, sheltered, elongated lakes ideally suited for quiet canoeing.  The rugged terrain is awe inspiring in its beauty and massive bedrock outcrops with thick beds of moss make outstanding campsites. Access to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park can be via floatplane, forest  access roads or by canoeing in from adjoining waterways.

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park contains several river systems within it boundaries, The Garner, Bird, Irregular, Haggart, Wanipigow and Gammon in the south and central portions of the park, the Musclow, Dutch, Sabourin and Bloodvein River in the north.  The two major river systems, the Gammon and the Bloodvein, are historically significant to our indigenous first nations people and were also traveled by fur traders and gold prospectors.  Numerous pictographs can be found along these rivers including the famous Artery Lake pictographs. The Bloodvein River has recently been classified as a Canadian Heritage River forever protecting it from development.  Traveling the Bloodvein River through Woodland Caribou Park is mostly a flat-water experience.  Enter into the Atikaki side and you now have a first class white-water river with 112 sets of class I-III rapids as the river cascades toward Lake Winnipeg.

Woodland Caribou Park lies within the Nelson River drainage basin, which is part of the Arctic Watershed.  All water flows westward into Lake Winnipeg and the Nelson River, then eventually north to the great Hudson Bay. An abundance of pristine drinking water rivers and lakes provides over 1200 miles of canoe routing choices with many more routes waiting to be discovered. On the seldom-traveled portages you are more likely to encounter the tracks of wildlife than the footprints of man. Keep your eyes open for the elusive caribou,  as well as moose, otter, martin , wolverine, cougar and bald eagles.

Within the boundaries of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is found some of the best quality sport fishing in Ontario. Some of the more sought after species include walleye, northern pike and lake trout, but also present are smallmouth bass, whitefish, perch and the elusive muskellunge. Though the heat of summer these fish are known to bite and fight all summer long

Provincial fishing licenses are required and can be purchased locally. Currently live bait is still permitted in the park but be aware that regulations prohibiting live bait are being reviewed and will be enacted banning it’s possession in the not too distant future. This is the best course of action to prevent invasive species from entering the pristine environment of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Considering that the fishing is so superb live bait is not at all necessary. Great fishing success can be hand using  artificial baits and lures, but if you still feel you must use live bait, use only locally caught bait so as not to introduce foreign species into the parks lake/river systems.

Most of the lakes are species specific with Northern Pike and Lake Trout dominating the oligotrophic lakes. Walleye are more common to larger utrophic lakes such as those that can be found along the Gammon and Bloodvein Rivers.

Smallmouth bass are the only foreign species in the parks fisheries. Introduced in 1959 they have endured in a small portion of the lakes.

Of the naturally occurring species, Muskellunge is found only in Irregular Lake,  but Whitefish, and Yellow Perch can be found in virtually every lake. fishing activity varies so routes can be tailored to the species you enjoy the  most.

A large herd of the now threatened Woodland Caribou was first identified around the time of the Second World War in what are now the confines of the current day park.  Protection of this herd and the habitat that sustains it was one of the primary reasons for the establishment of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in 1983. The 60 to 100 year old jack pine forests which are essential to the existence of the caribou, are contained in the area of the park and can be found in few other places in Ontario. They provide ideal conditions to support lichen growth, which is the main winter food for caribou during the long bitter winter season. As well, the many lakes with their numerous island provide protection from predation of young caribou calves by bears or wolves.

The fire-influenced mosaic of boreal forest within Woodland Caribou Park contains species of animals indigenous to the boreal forest, including the woodland caribou, moose, white tail deer, and black bear. Other wildlife that may be seen include, the ever present beaver, otter, muskrat, mink fisher, martin, weasel,  wolverine, lynx, cougar, fox, and timber  wolf as well as over 100 species of birds during breeding season. With it’s  proximity to the prairies, the park also contains flora and faun that is unusual  to a boreal forest, as seen by the stands of Burr Oak, the occasional blossom of the prairie crocus, the Franklin’s ground squirrel, Forster’s Tern, white pelican, and red sided garter snake.

WCPP presents a unique blend of these two ecosystems. Its isolation to outside influences has prevented the introduction of foreign species, thus keeping the ecological integrity of the park intact.

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park is located in the Arctic Watershed and offers over 1200 miles of exceptional quality canoe routes. since most headwaters originate within the park there is little opportunity for outside land uses to affect the quality of the water. As such, the water is clear, pristine and good for drinking, swimming and fishing. The “canaux et lac” drainage patterns means the lake systems are controlled by bedrock surroundings with short quick drops of falls or rapids. This makes travel by canoe fairly  easy with the average portage being only 200-300 meters in length. With less than 900 paddlers per season the possibility of encountering others is very slight. It is still possible to take a two week trip and not encounter another soul.

Imagine travelling for days and sharing this pristine wilderness area with only the animals denizens .

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The Atikaki Wilderness consisting of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in Ontario, and Atikaki Park in Manitoba offer new routes for those in need of solitude and adventure.

New canoeing areas are always sought after by canoeists. The Algonquin, BWCA and Quetico were always thought to be the prime destinations; until now.

The Atikaki Wilderness consisting of Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in Ontario, and Atikaki Park in Manitoba offer new routes for those in need of solitude and adventure.

The sheer solitude of these areas is breathtaking and overwhelming and few people use these routes during any given season. For example in some years as few as 600 canoeists paddle Woodland Caribou Provincial Park. Imagine 1.2 million acres all  to yourself. It happens. You may paddle and never see another human or even the  hint of one.

These pristine areas cannot compare to other heavily used parks in Ontario/Manitoba. They have no pre-made campsites and those that ARE there are primitive to say the least.

Fires are permitted in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (unless stipulated otherwise by the implementation of a Restricted Fire Zone) and there is certainly no lack of bedrock to build a fire pit.  Manitoba however asks you to use stoves or metal fire pots. Be sure to bring a saw, and try to avoid the heavier axes or hatchet. Weight is important on these trips. When you leave a site, please leave it in at least the same condition as you found it if not better.

There are no roads in these areas, hence it is virtually virgin wilderness territory just like it was hundreds of years ago.

Many lakes are within this area and no portages go into about half of them. They are for the better part unexplored to this day -so much so that we’re still finding previously unrecorded Pictograph sites!

The Atikaki is really yet to be discovered. It’s flora and fauna are not highly documented and information of such is certainly incomplete.

Discover Atikaki yourself and attempt to unlock it’s secrets.

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Opasquia Provincial Park is a wilderness area offering a vast 1.5 million acres to discover.

Located 185 miles north of Red Lake, it is an area of old growth/fire influenced boreal forest teaming with fish and wildlife.  Large animals found here include caribou, moose, bear and wolf. Opasquia also contains an unusually high concentration of wolverines within its boundaries.

The main feature of geological interest is an exceptionally large glacial moraine with wave-cut terraces formed by the retreating Glacial Lake Agassiz. Access to Opasquia is by floatplane only so the possibilities of encountering others are as remote as the park itself.

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A Canadian Heritage River

Beginner –intermediate
188 miles long
Rapids – class I-III
Access – drive in, paddle in, fly in

The Bloodvein River is a wild, free flowing river beginning on the Berens River Plateau just west of Red Lake Ontario.   It flows over 300 kilometres from its headwaters east of Woodland Caribou Park to its mouth on Lake Winnipeg. Here it joins the waters of several major rivers feeding Lake Winnipeg to eventually drain into Hudson Bay via the Nelson River.

The Bloodvein remains part of an untouched, unspoiled eco-system. Its animal and plant communities are still in state of natural evolution since the last glaciers scoured the area more than 11,000 years ago. Explore the Canadian Shield via the Bloodvein’s pool and drop river system. With 112 sets of class I-III rapids, this river is an ideal way for beginners and experienced paddlers alike to take advantage of unique opportunities to view some of the finest pictograph sites in north America and to experience high-quality wilderness canoeing, camping, fishing, wildlife observation and photography.

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The Berens grows quickly from a modest meandering stream to a river of incredible power and might as tributaries such as the Serpent and Throat Rivers feed its volume.

300 miles long
Rapids – class I-V
Access – drive in, paddle in, fly in

The Berens River starts modestly in a weed-choked marsh just west of the height of land that separates the Berens watershed from the Albany River watershed.  Although currently in a state unchanged and untouched since the glaciers retreated, these two river systems are among Ontario’s most threatened Rivers with logging and road construction to start in the not too distant future in and around their headwaters. The Berens grows quickly from a modest meandering stream to a river of incredible power and might as tributaries such as the Serpent and Throat Rivers feed its volume.  Moose, woodland caribou, bear and most animals and birds that inhabit the boreal forest can be seen frequenting its shores.  As you approach the river mouth you can also expect to encounter the bird with North Americas second longest wingspan – the white pelican. A fishery of great quality also awaits those who take the time to wet a line.

The Upper Berens consists of long channels broken by powerful falls, rapids of which a few are runnable, and beautiful sparkling lakes.  Unmaintained portages are old, mostly short and seldom trodden by man, as they should be on a truly wild river.

Eventually the Upper Berens ends tangibly at Berens Lake. It is here the river changes character and becomes a pool and drop system of picturesque rock rimmed lakes interspersed with a few channels of whitewater, which is typical of rivers flowing into the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg. Downstream of Berens Lake is the village of Pikangikum, one of several First Nations communities along the way.  These also include Poplar Hill, Little Grand Rapids and Berens River.  At Family Lake the river divides into two parts the southern portion becomes know as the Pigeon River, the northern portion remains known as the Berens River. From its headwaters to its mouth, trading posts to pictographs the Berens River is a wonder to explore and experience.

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One of North America’s best-kept whitewater secrets and a remote wilderness experience.


Intermediate-expert  |  114 miles  |   Rapids – class II – V  |  Access – fly in, paddle in

Manitoba’s Pigeon River is one of North America’s best-kept whitewater secrets.  The quality of the experience is often compared to the Snake or Colorado Rivers. As it carves its way through the Canadian Shield it passes by cliffs and through rock narrows. Challenging six-foot to twelve-foot rooster tails, whirlpools, spectacular rapids, falls, and cataracts await those who venture onto these waters.  Starting in Family Lake just west of the Ontario/ Manitoba boarder and flowing in to Lake Winnipeg 114 miles later, this south branch of the Berens is as scenic as it is challenging. An added bonus is that the Pigeon offers great fishing and wildlife viewing as well an exhilarating whitewater ride.

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From its North Western Ontario headwaters through to Manitoba’s Lake Winnipeg, the Poplar River offers lake paddling and “pool-drop” river paddling with many large rapids.   Waterfalls, scenic lakes, good fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities abound.   This seldom-visited river provides a unique remote river experience to those willing to go a little further than the rest.

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Rapids – class I-V  |  Access – fly-in, drive out, fly out

A seldom visited wilderness river starting north of the Berens River just above Whitelaw Lake, the Throat is a classic Boreal river offering a challenging paddle with a level of solitude most can only dream of.

We also offer trips to the Sachigo River and Severn Rivers

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